By Ray Hamill — This week we honor a senior who has been dominating for years, a freshman who looks like she’ll dominate for years, and the best modern dynasty in H-DNL sports.
In football, the Ferndale Wildcats have won four of their last five games with a number of players stepping up.
None more so than Landon Gomes, who is having a stellar senior campaign and is the catalyst for everything the Cats have achieved.
And that makes him one of our Athletes of the Week.
Another athlete who is taking the H-DNL by storm this year is Arcata freshman Ai-Lan McGoldrick, who has won all three league meets in cross country and gets the nod as our girls Athlete of the Week.
Our Team of the Week also goes to Arcata, where the girls tennis team continues to dominate like no other sports team on the North Coast.
The Tigers, who are cruising to yet another league title, rarely lose a game let alone a match.
ATHLETES OF THE WEEK
Arcata Cross Country, Freshman
McGoldrick is one of numerous outstanding freshmen to join the league this season, but has been without doubt the cream of crop.
The first-year varsity runner has won five of her six races, including all three league meets, where she has edged out teammate Vivian Gerstein on each occasion.
The Tigers look set to dominate the league for the next four years, with the sensational McGoldrick leading the way.
For more on McGoldrick’s big week, see McGoldrick, Bennett pace the field in H-DNL cross country …
Ferndale Football, Senior
The Wildcats are enjoying a big season, with plenty of players stepping up, none more so than Gomes.
Once again he set the tone early at Hoopa on Friday night, scoring his team’s first two touchdowns and opening up the play book for the rest of his teammates.
Gomes is enjoying an outstanding season for the Cats, and you get the feeling it’s only going to get better.
For more on Gomes big week, see Gomes’ early TDs set the tone in Ferndale win …
TEAM OF THE WEEK
Arcata Girls Tennis
Coaches Sheldon Heath and Onawa Gutierrez have built a pair of dynasties at Arcata High, where the boys and girls tennis teams continue to beat the opposition year after year.
This fall, it’s the girls turn again, where they have barely set a foot wrong all season on the march to the inevitable league championship.
The Arcata tennis teams are setting the standard locally, for all sports teams.
For more on the Arcata girls, see Tigers setting the pace in volleyball, tennis …